Chris joined Rebuilding Together in January 2018 after five years as President/CEO of the National Housing Conference in Washington, DC. Chris oversaw NHC’s research work on the intersection of housing with transportation, education and health in particular.Read More
Does a liberal arts education obtained at great expense prepare students for today's job market? Lynn Pasquerella, Ph.D. says that a discipline fostering critical-thinking, writing and arguing skills is necessary in a rapidly changing, globally interdependent world where the jobs of the future have not yet been invented.Read More
This is the 50th anniversary of Ralph Nader’s Unsafe At Any Speed a book that launched the modern consumer movement. It took only five months for Congress to pass and President Johnson to sign into law the National Highway Traffic Safety Commission. According to the Center for Auto safety NHTSA’s design standards, recalls, and general auto-safety-related measures would reduce the rate of deaths per mile driven by nearly 80 percent.Read More
“We are living in a time when people are climbing out of poverty in greater numbers and at a faster rate than at any other time in human history, bar none. And despite how much more there remains to do,” says David DeFerranti, “progress in health, education, etc. is actually stunningly rapid.”Read More
Amy Chua, author of her 2011 comic memoir Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, and her husband Jed Rubenfeld will discuss their new book The Triple Package: How Three Unlikely Traits Explains the Rise and Fall of Cultural Groups in America. In her memoir, Chua chronicled her iron-willed decision to raise her daughters, Sophia and Lulu, the Chinese way — and the remarkable, sometimes heartbreaking results her choice inspired. Achingly honest and profoundly challenging, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother is one of the most talked about books of our times.Read More
David Kirkpatrick, former Fortune magazine senior editor and author of the best-selling The Facebook Effect will speak to us about social media and the future of the internet.Read More
From Students to Citizens:
We will be showing four short documentary films about our communities. They were created this year by area high school students to examine and address some of the urgent issues of our time. Some of the film makers will be on hand to discuss their projects.
Chaos reigns. Confusion abounds. Information overload how can I cope? It isn’t the theme of a new Woody Allen movie. It is the real life world in which we all have to make choices about what we buy, how we dress and what information we really need to know. It is also the specialty of our next Forum speaker and author of The Art of Choosing.Read More
Anthony T. Kronman, J.D., Ph.D., Author, Sterling Professor of Law (Yale Law School) Visiting Global Professor (NYU) Teacher in the Directed Studies Program (Yale).
Why are we here? Anthony Kronman says our colleges and universities are ignoring life’s biggest questions and we all pay the price. Students today find an academic environment richer than any have known before. They will find courses devoted to every question under the sun. But the questions that are missing deal with the meaning of life, what one should care about and why and what living is for.Read More
Peter Osnos, Founder of Public Affairs Books and Vice-Chairman of Columbia Journalism Review, draws on decades of experience as a correspondent, editor, publisher and entrepreneur to survey the ways the internet and mobile reading devices are influencing, for better and for worse, the information we receive.Read More